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Monday, February 1, 2010


A little bit of New Orleans is coming to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, at its very own “Mardi Gras on the Island” celebration on Saturday, February 6.

Sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and its annual sponsors, “Mardi Gras on the Island” is a full day of activities, starting with the Mardi Gras Parade on Okaloosa Island at 11 am.

There will be beads, treats, and even more beads as the colorful floats make their way down Santa Rosa Blvd., starting at Tarpon Drive, working their way under the Brooks Bridge, and ending near Marler Avenue. The floats will pass by the reviewing stand in front of The Breakers.

Right after the parade, there will be a Block Party sponsored by Helen Back on Amberjack Drive. From noon to 5, there will be fun, food, and festivities, including beer specials, a Crawfish Boil, and a Kid Zone. Music will be provided by Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe.

Later that evening, the Chamber will host the Mardi Gras Ball at the Emerald Coast Conference Center from 8 pm to midnight. Costumed revellers will dance to the Swingin’ Dick Tracys, and sample food items provided by Chamber-member restaurants, enjoying such flavorful foods as Creole Steak over Steamed Rice, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Crab Dip, Gumbo, Pasta Shrimp Creole, and don’t forget the King Cakes and Petit Fours!

For more information about top events in Florida, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Florida at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-florida.html

Or, take a look at the official web site for Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce at www.fwbchamber.org/mardigras